Robbers on High Street
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re guilty of copping the whole rock and roll attitude a little more on the EP." What is this rock and roll attitude? And how then have the lyrics evolved on the new CD? What is being honest?
I don't know. That was formed in a question that was like "what's with the rock n' roll attitude?"
I'm not exactly sure. I think I was talking about the lyrics--with the EP, it was pretty vague. It was more of a phonetical sound that sorta made its way into lyrics. More based around what sounded cool, going line for line with stream of consciousness. I just sorta took my time developing on the album where everything was coming from. I don't know about honest where the songs are something about me, because most of the songs really aren't about me at all. I think it was just that I was a little bit more proud of the lyrics.
Your sound is, as you have stated, schizophrenic. Now, I can only assume this refers to the eclectic nature of your music which, in my humble opinion, is certainly true of the new album. In your opinion, what makes your music schizophrenic?
I guess it's just that we are trying to do a bunch of different stuff. You know, still have a sound where you can put a song on and recognize it as us but not, song for song, have a wholly united style of writing. There is too much music to be influenced by to be writing the same thing over and over again.
What exactly is your song-writing process? Are these schizophrenic songs a result of four minds melding into one--a collaborative?
It's mostly me but we do collaborate on stuff. Nobody writes a finished song. Ultimately, I am sorta good with working with people's ideas that I like. I get excited to take it on and finish it. We all collaborate on our parts and arrangement.
Everything I have read about you seems to feel the need to throw in a Strokes reference, some going so far as calling you the next Strokes. Stylistically, in terms of Tree City, you are light years away from The Strokes. How do you feel about this comparison?
I just sorta got used to it at first. At first, it really bugged me. I mean, cause you think you are doing something original. I think that, by now, musically, I don't see a lot of the connections. But I think we are a band in a post-Strokes world from New York so that definitely doesn't help our chances of not getting compared to them.
Now, it's true when listening to Tree City, you can hear some of the classics, from the Stones to the Beatles and the Kinks--it's all there. Do you draw a lot from these classic rock bands? Is it conscious?
I would say that for the vocal, especially me and Steve, the majority of the music we listen to is current music. But I mean, I listen to David Bowie a lot so uh, you know, bands like the Stones, The Beatles and The Kinks--that's like my bread and butter. Growing up and listening to my parent's records, you know... All that stuff is buried in your mind and just comes out when you're putting something together without even thinking. It rears its head.
Finally, what do you want everyone to know about Robbers on High Street?
We don't have a credo man. And I'm not quick enough to come up with something off the cuff. Next time you read a fortune cookie, just write what it says in there...
For more info on Robbers on High Street, check out their site: robbersonhighstreet.com. And if you are in the New York area, be sure to catch them at the Bowery on March 7th.
Contributor: Mary I. Gailbreath.
--William T. Wallace
Monday, 28 February 2005
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